May 26, 2022—Louisville, CO

MakeMusic, makers of SmartMusic, announce that they have acquired Upbeat Music App, a music collaboration tool that allows musicians to record and generate virtual performance videos, as well as rehearse remotely in real-time.

MakeMusic is thrilled to be able to integrate this technology into SmartMusic, providing a video recording component to accompany and sync with the existing audio assessment. This exciting upgrade will come at no additional cost to users.

Implications for SmartMusic teachers and students:

  • Teachers can enable video recording for an assignment.
  • Students and Performers will be able to record video with assessment to submit for an assignment.
  • Students will be able to self-analyze using video replay and assessment before submitting.
  • Both teachers and students will experience enhancements in recording quality.
  • Recordings will be saved for students to submit at a later time.
  • Teachers will be able to merge student submissions together to create a virtual performance.

Seth Radman, Upbeat Co-Founder, stresses the great fit between the two companies: “MakeMusic has been a leader in the music education technology space for decades, and SmartMusic provides an engaging practice experience with a catalog of incredible content. We’re excited to join the MakeMusic family and look forward to leveraging Upbeat’s technology to make learning music even better.”

Sudarshan Muralidhar, Upbeat Co-Founder adds: “We’ve been SmartMusic users since we were in middle school, and even then were intrigued by the many possibilities of music technology in the classroom. Though we’ve both come a long way since childhood, it’s incredibly exciting to return to our roots and revisit SmartMusic. We can’t wait to help SmartMusic integrate Upbeat’s technology to make the product even more exciting and compelling than it already is!”

“It’s a delight to welcome and integrate the tech stack Seth and Sudarshan have developed with passion over the past couple of years,” says Greg Dell’Era, President of MakeMusic and Alfred Music. “This addition to our MakeMusic ecosystem will provide immediate value to our existing SmartMusic customers, while all of our teams are also excited to start building on top of it to serve a broader audience of committed educators and musicians. We’ll keep adding great tools into our platforms, and combining them with state of the art content from Alfred Music and all of our partners, so we build the reference ecosystem for music practice.”

For general inquiries, please contact the MakeMusic Support and Services Teams at [email protected] or visit smartmusic.com/blog for more information.

ABOUT UPBEAT MUSIC

Upbeat Music App is a music technology platform that allows educators and musicians to practice and perform together virtually. Upbeat Perform lets anyone create beautiful virtual concert videos with up to 140 parts in minutes—no video editing skills required. Upbeat Live lets up to 16 musicians practice in a virtual rehearsal room to collaborate together in real-time with video chat. Upbeat’s core technology utilizes multi-user video synchronization to generate performance videos of individual musicians playing together. Upbeat has helped over 5,000 schools and 200,000 musicians play music together virtually with a more interactive practice experience. Learn more and try for free at www.upbeatmusicapp.com.

ABOUT MAKEMUSIC

MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned, and performed. MakeMusic’s SmartMusic® interactive music learning software transforms the way students practice. With an online library of thousands of band, orchestra, and vocal pieces, students practice with background accompaniment and receive immediate feedback on their performance. Teachers leverage SmartMusic to individualize instruction and document the progress of every student. For more than 25 years, Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling musicians worldwide to create, edit, audition, print, and publish musical scores. MakeMusic is also the creator of Garritan® sound libraries, providing state-of-the-art virtual instruments with the playback quality of a live performance, and MusicXML™, the internet-friendly way to publish musical scores, distribute interactive sheet music, and share music notation with a wide variety of software programs. Additional information can be found at makemusic.com.